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Rock & Gem Kids: Is Your Artifact Really a Geofact?

By Jim Brace-Thompson As a boy spending summers on Grandpa’s Illinois farm, I found artifacts within fields of soy beans and corn. Artifacts are man-made...

Artisan Alley: Observation Fuels Creation

By Antoinette Rahn and Erin Dana Balzrette "Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature." —Marcus Tullius Cicero As we've seen in a number of...

What to Cut: Mindful of Maligano Jasper

By Russ Kaniuth Maligano Jasper is named after a small village in Sulawesi, Indonesia. This material was originally found about six to seven years ago,...
Blue-tinged agate in a South Blue Bed thunder egg

Richardson’s Ranch: Endless Opportunities for Rockhounds

Story and Photos by Jim Landon Central Oregon, with its great variety of lapidary material, has been a destination for rockhounds for decades. The juniper-covered...

Artisan Alley: Celebrating Nature’s Mysteries

By Antoinette Rahn and Erin Dana Balzrette "The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery." ~Francis Bacon The longer I live, the more I...

Artisan Alley: Sharing Natural Wonders

By Antoinette Rahn and Erin Dana Balzrette “Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” ~E.B. White It is our humble opinion that among...

Artisan Alley: Celebrating the Art of Collaboration

“The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind.” —Thomas Carlyle By Antoinette Rahn and Erin Dana Balzrette I’m...

Just Off the Wheels: Keith Dull

By Erin Dana Balzrette One of the finest lapidary artists today, Keith Dull’s cabochons are beautifully made with breathtaking designs. Their distinct, extreme, elegant edge,...

What to Cut: Gary Green Jasper

By Russ Kaniuth Gary Green Jasper, also known as Larsonite, and the new batch of material being mined called Caldera Jasper, is a petrified bogwood...
Bold egg pattern of specimen showcase

Showcasing Rocks and Pictures in Shadow Boxes

Story and Photos by Kathleen Fink There are many ways to share our love of rocks, the environments in which they are found, and the...

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